Buxton Festival Fringe reports big rise in ticket sales

Fringe Sunday in the Pavilion Gardens. Photo: Ian J. Parkes.
Fringe Sunday in the Pavilion Gardens. Photo: Ian J. Parkes.

Buxton Festival Fringe celebrated its biggest-ever event this summer, recording a 36 per cent increase in ticket sales.

The bumper Fringe boasted 189 separate events, with the total audience figure, including estimates for the free events, up by nine per cent on 2016, to 17,530.

Fringe chair Keith Savage said: “The Buxton Fringe 2017 welcomed some new venues and performers which meant a degree of risk-taking on their part, and it’s good to see that boldness has paid off.”

Audience survey forms showed higher satisfaction rates too with 92 per cent of respondents scoring the Fringe four or five out of five, compared to 86 per cent in the previous two years.

The Fringe consistently contributes over £300,000 to the local economy with this year’s figure adding up to an estimated £316,324, including expenditure from performers during their stay in Buxton plus audience’s spend on food, accommodation and ticket sales for shows from local performers.

The Fringe is a proving a big draw nationally with visitors coming from London, Edinburgh, Oxford, Brighton and Cornwall, and entrants travelling from as far afield as America.

Next year’s Fringe dates have been set as July 4 to 22, 2018, with the Fringe website www.buxtonfringe.org.uk opening for entries next month.